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Civil servant to take over Adoption Board reins

By Conall O Fátharta, Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner, Thursday, August 12, 2010

A TOP civil servant has been drafted in to take over the running of the Adoption Board following the sudden departure of the chief executive last month.

The Office of the Minister for Children confirmed that the duties of chief executive of the board had been "temporarily" taken over by director-general of the department Mary Doyle.

John Collins left the post of chief executive of the Adoption Board at the beginning of July. He has transferred to the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Mr Collins was appointed to the Adoption Board in 2004 and acted as the first chief executive of the authority. His permanent replacement has yet to be announced by Minister for Children Barry Andrews.

A statement by the Office of the Minister of Children read: "Mr Collins left the position at the start of July. There was no specific reason for Mr Collins leaving his post. The transfer to a new department was of a routine nature.

"An announcement of a replacement will be made at the time of appointment. The replacement process is taking place in the context of the establishment of the new Adoption Authority of Ireland, provided for in the Adoption Act, 2010."

The Adoption Board will soon be abolished and replaced by an Adoption Authority under the recently passed Adoption Act. The act will come into effect in November.

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